Big East foes will battle when the Providence Friars (17-10, 8-6 Big East) take on the Seton Hall Pirates (18-9, 7-7 Big East) at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Providence opened as a 1.5-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 149.5 points. Action starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
Seton Hall Pirates vs. Providence Friars ATS Preview
The Pirates were victorious over the DePaul Blue Demons in their last matchup, 82-77. With 16 points and 19 rebounds, Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado had a good game. The Pirates had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 51.2 (above their season average of 34.3) and had a free throw rate of 0.292 (above their season average of 0.225).
The last time the Friars played, they were topped by the Butler Bulldogs, 69-54. Alpha Diallo was Providence’s high scorer with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Butler did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (14-18; 77.8 percent). Providence, on the other hand, held the Bulldogs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.6 (below their season average of 28.0).
Seton Hall appears to have an edge on the offensive glass in this showdown. The Pirates are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 22nd in offensive rebounding percentage at 35.0 percent. Meanwhile, Providence ranks 166th in the NCAA at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 71.6 percent.
Of Seton Hall’s 25 games with betting action, 15 have finished over the projected point total, while 13 of Providence’s 25 games have finished over the O/U total. Both teams have solid straight up (SU) records (18-9 for Seton Hall; 17-10 for Providence), but the Pirates have the edge against the spread (ATS). Seton Hall is 11-16 ATS, while the Friars are 9-16.
Desi Rodriguez has taken his game to another level as of late for Seton Hall, averaging 20.2 points and 5.4 rebounds over the last five games.
These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to put up 130 points, well under the projected point total of 147. The Pirates won 73-57, covering as 8-point favorites. Seton Hall had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.570 vs. 0.404). Providence, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (10.9 vs. 17.4). Khadeen Carrington was a standout player in the game, putting up 23 points and seven assists.
Seton Hall Pirates at Providence Friars Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Seton Hall, ATS Winner – Seton Hall, O/U – Over
The Friars average 4.0 blocks per game, which ranks 70th in the nation. The Pirates rank 124th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
Seton Hall ranks 214th in three pointers attempted per game (20.2) while Providence ranks 253rd (18.9).
Seton Hall is 5-7 ATS on the road, while Providence is 5-8 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 8 of the Friars’ 13 home games, while 8 of the Pirates’ 12 road games have gone over.
Seton Hall averages 38.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 52nd in the nation. Providence ranks 183rd in rebounds allowed per game (35.5).
The Pirates rank 34th in assists per game (16.3) while the Friars rank 143rd (13.8).
Seton Hall ranks 93rd in steals per game (6.6) while Providence ranks 152nd in steals allowed per game (6.6).
Providence is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in their last five games.
Over their last five games, Seton Hall is 0-5 ATS with 5 overs.
The Friars have been outscored by an average of 4.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Providence has defeated opponents by an average of 1.9 points.
During their last five games, the Pirates have scored an average of 82.6 points per game (3.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 88.4 points per game (15.0 above their season average).